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Sogetsu Ikebana Rose Festival Exhibition

May 30-31, 2015
Pavilion Gallery
10am-6pm
Included with Garden Admission

Official Portland Rose Festival Event.

As part of the Portland Rose Festival, the Garden is honored to once again host the Sogetsu School of Ikebana’s annual exhibition – a tradition that has endured for more than 40 years.

Not every school of ikebana embraces the use of Western flowers like the rose. But the Sogetsu School is known for its willingness to explore new ideas and materials. Its founder, Sofu Teshigahara, broke from tradition in 1927 when he established the Sogetsu School. Teshigahara believed that anyone could arrange ikebana anywhere and with almost anything. The Sogetsu philosophy advocates that ikebana should be part of a lifestyle and appreciated by many people from all over the world. The school celebrates its student’s individuality, and the resulting works are imaginative and unique.

Now under the direction of Akane Teshigahara, Sogetsu School’s fourth Iemoto (Grand Master), the school seeks to stay in tune with the times and continue to explore the boundaries of the field of contemporary ikebana in Japan. As the daughter of film director Hiroshi Teshigahara (the third Iemoto of the Sogetsu School), she approaches her art form with intense creativity and a lively spirit that inspires her students worldwide.